Eli’s 3 days off were well-spent playing in turnout and getting groomed. I hacked another horse on Friday, a flea-bitten gray whose mannerisms remind me of Eli quite a bit. Other than the heat, I enjoyed the ride. I didn’t ride on Saturday or Sunday, but still spent some time with Eli grooming and grazing him.
On Sunday morning, I thought I’d try putting him in one of the larger paddocks that has some shade, one he hadn’t been in before. I stayed with him, and after he roamed around inspecting everything, he decided to run and play a little bit, sometimes taking dead aim at me only to turn from a few strides away. I think he wanted me to run around with him? He certainly looked fantastic in all three gaits.
The heat had already settled in by this time, so I hosed him off and let him dry in front of some big fans. He is back to work today, and I am very interested to see if I will notice a difference especially in his canter. A new course got set over the weekend in the large arena and I am hoping to get in some jumping this week!